by tendo zenji
Dwelling in the Mountains 12
Far off to the south are
peaks like Pine-Needle and Nest Hen,
Halcyon-Knoll and Brimmed-Stone,
Harrow and Spire Ridges faces together,
Elder and Eye-Loft cleaving summits.
When you go deep, following a winding river to its source,
you’re soon bewildered, wandering a place beyond knowing:
cragged peaks towering above stay lost in confusions of mist,
and depths sunken away far below surge and swell in a blur.
—Hsieh Ling-yün (385-433)
translated by David Hinton in Mountain Home